The Institute is situated in Bedford Square, built between 1775 and 1783, one of the best-preserved Georgian squares in London with a private central garden. The London Institute is part of the “larger academy” of Bedford Square, located next door to premier educational institutions such as the Architectural Association and the Paul Mellon Centre, with the University of London and the British Museum in the neighboring square. Sotheby’s auction house, The National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Royal Academy Of Arts are a few minutes’ walk away. The Institute is also close to Mayfair, the traditional center of the London art market, where many dealers and galleries are located.
London is a city of traditional and contemporary art museums, private collections, and international galleries, with a wide array of cultural events and a vibrant world-renowned art scene. Sotheby’s auction house was founded in the city in 1744 and its London offices are now part of a global network encompassing Europe, Asia, and America. The auction house provides Sotheby’s Institute students with privileged access to pre-sale viewings, talks by experts, and handling sessions; the Institute’s relationships with leading galleries, artists' studios, and top museums provide hands-on knowledge that prepares students for a variety of careers in the art world.
Sotheby’s Institute London offers a range of programs that uniquely integrate art historical scholarship and market expertise, from Master’s degrees (validated by The University of Manchester) to 15-week intensive courses and Short Courses. Through many paths of study, our students gain the knowledge and credentials needed for success in today’s worldwide art markets and cultural institutions.
Furthermore, the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) confirmed that Sotheby’s Institute in London’s higher education provision meets UK expectations following a rigorous process of review in February 2016. Our reputation for delivering excellent standards of education and our high level of student success means that we have many years of experience in sponsoring and welcoming students from around the world.